25 February, 2010

Neha's Village

After VERY little sleep (because of the Rat Parade in our kitchen), we woke up to prepare for a day as a villager. Today, we took a trip to Goshal- Neha’s village. We walked to the shared taxis just down the road from our house and drove to Bhang. Neha was there to pick us up as we would have to walk the rest of the way into her village. The walk was absolutely stunning. We walked over some rickety wooden bridges, and viewed the most beautiful scenery imaginable. Her village was colorful and vibrant today as it is the week of a Hindu festival. This festival is similar to our Groundhogs day. All of the villagers put a box of sand in the temple for a period of time. At the end of the month, they pull the box out to see what the gods have in store for them for the coming year. The darkness was evident this day, but the reception was also very very sweet. Neha’s mother was full of joy to see us. We were the ones that felt blessed to be hosted, but she was blessed to have us in her home. She gave each of us a flower as a welcome gift. Then, she came back around and gave the “newlyweds” two more flowers! The girls spend most of the morning preparing the meal and enjoying conversations while the guys sat with Neha’s father and discussed so many things in broken English! We shared a meal (guys and girls separate due to the space)- sweets, chickpeas, potatoes, rice, dahl, and puri (deep fried bread). We know that it was a great sacrifice for them to prepare and serve us with such an elaborate meal. We are so blessed! After the meal, Neha took us up to a waterfall to enjoy the scenic view from there. It was getting SUPER cold, so we decided to turn around and head back for the day. Overall, today was a GREAT day and a great opportunity to meet some locals in their local setting.

So beautiful!

CDHers with Neha on our way to Neha's village.

Krishna cooking for us in their kitchen.

Pouring water out of the rice.

Krishna making puri (deep fried bread).

Casey enjoying the ginger chai.

Neha's mother.

Praising the Lord for such a sweet time of fellowship. Praying for the salvation of the lost in these villages- that the relationships that the CDHers will build will bring the fruits of salvation to these rural places of India.

SO beautiful!

1 comment:

  1. I so love seeing these pictures! Thanks for taking the time to post them. We are so proud of you guys, and can't wait to hug your necks! LOVE LOVE LOVE, the Campbells